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[moo r-luh nd, -land] /ˈmʊər lənd, -ˌlænd/
noun, Chiefly British.
an area of moors, especially country abounding in heather.
Origin of moorland
before 950; Middle English more lond, Old English mōrlond. See moor1, -land Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For whole days he had dragged himself through the moorland, from farm to farm, looking for his bread like the dogs.

    The Path of Life Stijn Streuvels
  • The horse had left the high road and must be on the moorland!

    Where Deep Seas Moan E. Gallienne-Robin
  • The valley is full of life; full as the moorland here is bare of it.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
  • Before him was the moorland, covered with heather and gorse bushes.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • Outside the autumn sun was shining over pleasant brown stretches of moorland bright with heather.

    The Man with the Clubfoot Valentine Williams
  • When, once more, the moorland was deserted, he sat down again on the heather.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener Leslie Moore
  • It was early in the morning when I started for Vaux Abbey across the moorland road.

    A Monk of Cruta E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He has at least 30,000 sheep on his vast tracks of moorland on the braes of Lochaber.

  • After Kilchrennan, the road crossed the moorland, Ben-Cruachan towering far to our right.

    Our Journey to the Hebrides Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • No sign of its habitual rain and wind hung over the moorland.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
British Dictionary definitions for moorland


/ˈmʊələnd; ˈmɔː-/
(Brit) an area of moor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moorland

Old English morlond; see moor (n.) + land (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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